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The Big 50 Ring[1] is a power-up that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. When the player obtains this power-up, fifty Rings will be granted to the playable character at once. It can be considered a variant of the Super Ring.

Since its debut, the Big 50 Ring has been featured as both a power-up contained in Item Boxes and as an independent, non-contained, and collectible item as well. Regardless of how it has appeared though, the Big 50 Ring has functioned identically in every game.


The Big 50 Ring follows the same principles as the Super Ring. When obtaining a Big 50 Ring, the player is instantly granted fifty Rings at once which are automatically added to the player's total Ring count. Rings granted by Big 50 Rings function like regular Rings, as the player is able to lose them after taking damage and then recollect them.

A Big 50 Ring without an Item Box containing it, from the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed.

The Big 50 Ring appears either as a power-up contained in an Item Box or as a floating golden Ring separate from Item Boxes that is slightly larger than regular Rings and has the number "50" in its center. Item Boxes containing Big 50 Rings display a golden ring with the number "50" written in its center. Like other Item Boxes, Big 50 Ring Item Boxes can be hidden in places that are not easily spotted or reached. Big 50 Rings that appear as large floating Rings are likewise obtained upon simply touching them, as there is no Item Box in-between them and the player. However, they cannot be targeted by attacks like the Homing Attack, unlike Big 50 Rings in Item Boxes. When collecting an Item Box-less Big 50 Ring, a unique sound effect is played compared to the regular chime exhibited by Rings.

On a few rare occasions, the Big 50 Rings can appear in groups to be picked up.

Game appearances

Sonic Unleashed

The Big 50 Ring made its first appearance in the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed. In this game, it is exclusively a floating ring without an Item Box.

In gameplay, the Big 50 Rings appear only in the nighttime stages. While they start out as uncommon objects when first introduced, they will appear more frequently as the player advances through the game.

Sonic Lost World

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, the Ring power-up is referred to as Big 50 Ring.[1] In this game, it is exclusively an Item Box item. The Item Boxes that contain the Big 5o Ring in this game hold a golden Ring with the number "50" written in its center. They are also a rather rare power-up in the Zones.

Besides Item Boxes, the Big 50 Rings can be obtained through other means, outside of the Zones. Exclusively in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the player can make a Big 50 Ring in Tails' Lab using eight Bronze Materials and three Silver Materials. Once obtained, these Big 50 Rings will be stored away for the player to use later in the Zones. During these Zones, the player can look up the Item Bag and select the Big 50 Ring to instantly bestow it onto the playable character.




  1. 1.0 1.1 Dimps (29 October 2013). Sonic Lost World. Nintendo 3DS. Sega. Area/level: Tails' Lab.

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